Tuesday, June 4, 2013

BloodRayne 2: Deliverance (2007)

Director: Uwe Boll

Starring: Natassia Malthe, Zack Ward, Michael Pare, Chris Coppola, Chris Spencer, Brendan Fletcher, Sarah-Jane Redmond

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A heart-stopping adventure!

Plot: Rayne, the half-human/half-vampire warrior, ventures to America's 1880's Wild West to stop the vampired Billy the Kid and his posse of vampire cowboys.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again? No.

While Kristanna Loken wasn't going to win any awards for playing Rayne in the first picture, BLOODRAYNE (2005), you don't realize how good she was until you see this sequel.  Natassia Malthe just exists in the role.  Michael Pare fares the best as Pat Garrett and Zack Ward's casting as Billy the Kid feels like they wanted to get Billy Drago but he was either busy making his own shitty movie or too expensive.  The camera moves around way too much.  I don't remember seeing a static shot once.  The handheld camera technique got old fast.  I did rather enjoy Jessica de Rooij's score in comparison to everything else.  The Spaghetti Western vibe was a nice touch (and being a synth score it sounds cheap) but she also channelled the theme from DEADWOOD (2004).  I liked it but it seemed like an obvious rip off.  Story-wise it's pretty simple.  In fact it's too simple for the 98 minutes the picture runs.  There's a lot of padding.  This film's got  lots of issues that could have been fixed if more time had been spent on the characters and if Boll had gone with placing the camera firmly on the ground.  I love genre films and Westerns and I eagerly watch any movie that combines them but not this one.  It's an OK attempt that should have easily been better.  Felling like it steals from two MUCH better movies (UNFORGIVEN (1992) and RAVENOUS (1999)), it only makes you want to stop this film and slap in either of those before it's too late.  I doubt the sequel, BLOODRAYNE: THE THIRD REICH (2010) gets any better, but I'll watch it since it's another genre mash-up that I dig.

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